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5. To bear Contempt patiently, 2 Cor.
1. The Majesty of GOD, 1 Pet. V. 66
1. GOD dwells with the Humble, tras
the Mother of all Virtues; 1 Pet.
V. $. 3. The Promises made to it; as, 1. GOD will respect the humble, ifa. lxti, 21
give them Grace, S. Jam. iv. 6. 3.
exalt them, i Pet. V. 6. 4
give them all good Things, Prova 5. There is nothing that we have, that we
can be proud of, but we have cause to be humble for aú Things.
S. MATT. xvi. 24.
any Man will come after me, let him
THERE are these three Conditions re
quir'd of those that will be Christ's true and faithful Disciples ; 1. That they be ready to deny themselves.
to take up their Cross. 3.
and to follow Christ in all Things that He hath prefcrib'd to them by His Example or Commands, or does require of them.
that stands in Competition with our
Seipsum sibi homo abneget, & totus mu
tetur. Ambrof. 1. In denying our own Wils, if they in
such as are,
1. Not to do what GOD commands us,
Gal. i. 16.
Luk. xxii. 42. 1 Sam. iii. 18.
inconsistent with our Christian Duty;
but should spiritually love GOD, and
that chiefly and above all Things.
Sin, or any otber Thing but GOD.
. to rest in any but GOD.
tion with GOD in our Desires. “No
. 25. Phil. iii.8.
7. Much less our Lusts and Corruptions.
1. God hath commanded us.
GOD, Matt. vi. 24.
to act according to our own Wills and
2. How hard a thing is it so to do?
3. Wherefore, endeavour to deny yourselves, by confidering, 1. That Christ denyd Himself for you, Phil.
ii. 6, 7, 8. Hebr. xii. 2, 3. 2. Unless you deny yourselves, Christ will
deny you, Matt. X. 33. 9. It is only by denying yourselves, that
you manifest yourselves to be Christ's
Disciples. 4. Deny yourselves for Christ here, and you
will find yourselves with Christ here
after. Wherefore, manifest your Self-denial.
1. In Leaving your former Sins, tho' never lo delightful, or advantageous to you in the way of the World.
2. Įn Liying above yourselves, not your Eftates, but Şins, not your Conditions, but Corru. prions.
Whosoever will be Chrift's Disciple, muß take up His Cross. 1. What are we to understand by Cross? 1. Literally, the Cross of Christ, which con.
sisted of an erect piece of Wood fastn'd into the Ground, with a Transverse going athwart towards the Top of it, and another piece of Wood fastn'd to, and standing out from That which was fix'd in the Ground; ip's érogăr les of saugomishwar. Juftin.
Ubi requiescit qui clavis afigitur. Iren. 2. Metaphorically, a Mictions and Troubles,
which are either
1. Inward ; as,
S. Matt. xix. 27.
S. Matt. xi. 29, 30.
1. Hatred, S. Matt. X. 22..
2 Cor. vi. 4. and xi. 24, 25, 26, 27.
and xii. 10. 4. Imprisonment, 2 Cor. vi. s. 5. Scourges, Wracks, Tortures, Hebr.xi.37.
6. Death, Luk. xiv. 26. Phil. ii. 8. Now there are two Things that make our Croffes to be the Cross of Christ. 1. That we suffer in the
of welldoing. 2. That we suffer for our well-doing in that
way, it is not enough that we be doing well when we suffer, but we must therefore suffer because we are doing well, otherwise our Cross is not Christ's Cross, because not put upon our Shoul
ders for His sake, i Pet. ii. 20. 2. What is it to take up our Cross ? 1. Negatively
1. Not to run ourselves into Sufferings. 2. Nor the meer bearing of Ami&tions,
2 Cor. xi. 33. 2. Positively. To be willing to bear whatsoever is laid upon us for Christ's fake; not to think much to suffer for Him, who thought not much to die for us. An Horfe fuftinet, led non suscipit onus.